22nd August 2012 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

The UK's first hydrogen-powered train, built by a team from the University of Birmingham, has hit the tracks. The train, which can be viewed in the video below, can haul up to 4 tonnes for 2.7 kilometres. It uses a hydrogen fuel cell to power the electric motors and charge batteries similar to those used in modern-day cars. Hydrogen is stored in a tank capable of holding over 5,000 litres at low pressure. The train could carry two additional tanks to increase its range. The team from the University of Birmingham are hoping that railway operators will be 'inspired to consider hydrogen power on non-electrified routes', New Scientist reports.